Happy Diwali Festival in Amstelveen

For the 14th time, Amstelveen’s Diwali festival was celebrated again at Stadsplein on October 22, 2022. Amstelveenweb.com editors arrived at Stadsplein around 11:30 a.m., as the festival kicked off at noon with the opening ceremony.


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At 11:30 am, Stadsplein is still almost completely empty

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Restaurant owners took huge amounts of cooked and fried food and put them in tents
Visitors will soon be able to buy everything and of course eat it

Diwali or Deepavali is a major Hindu festival of lights celebrated all over India. During this festival, small oil lamps are lit both inside and outside. The festival falls in mid-autumn, at the crossroads of Ashwin and Krtek months, after the rainy season is over and new crops arrive. The festival lasts for six days from Ashwin Vadya Dwadashi to Kartik Suddha Dwita and is celebrated in 52 places in India, but also in many places in Holland. It is a sacred Hindu festival that symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

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Little girls dressed in beautiful and proportional clothes walk on stage to perform there later

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Ritika Mehra accompanies Diwali Festival

Ritika Mehra, Board Member of Diwali Festival Foundation, welcomed everyone and thanked all the sponsors who attended the stage one by one. Fortunately, he wasn’t in a very big tent, because like previous years it would be terribly stuffy and the pictures and videos couldn’t make up for the smoke blowing over the stage. Now there was also a smoke machine, but the smoke soon disappeared due to the wind. Last year it was also an open event, but then it rained terribly, which dampened it, so fortunately today was a very nice dry day.

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All festival sponsors and staff have a red penny drawn on their foreheads

The sponsors had a red penny on their foreheads. Bindi Sanskrit बिन्दु bindú, Kannada: ಬಿಂದಿ meaning ‘point, drop, point or small particle’ is a colored dot or in modern times a label worn in the middle of the forehead, originally by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, the ajna, the seat of “hidden wisdom” and to represent the third eye. The bindi is also said to retain energy and enhance focus.

Ritika continued with: The 14th edition of the Diwali festival is happening here in Amstelveen just in time. We have blue skies and we are so excited to have a festival again here at Stadsplein. This festival would not be possible without our sponsors mentioned here on the side, but also our members on stage and our board members. I would like to call the Deputy Mayor and Member of Parliament for Economic Affairs, Mr. Adam Al-Zaklai.

The 14th edition of the Diwali festival takes place just in time here in Amstelveen. We have blue skies and we are very excited to have another festival here at Stadsplein. This festival would not have been possible without the sponsors listed here on the side, as well as our members on stage and members of our board of directors. I would like to introduce to you the Deputy Mayor and Economic Affairs Adviser, Mr. Adam Al-Zaklai.

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Adam Zakali (VVD) Local Council Member for Economic Affairs and Acting Mayor inaugurates the 14th Diwali Festival in Amstelveen

Adam Elzakalai (VVD) is a local council member for economic affairs and the acting mayor has come forward to officially open the festival: Adam Elzakalai: ‘Thank you so much! Ladies and gentlemen, as Deputy Mayor of Economic Affairs for the Municipality of Amstelveen, I am very proud to be here. It wouldn’t be surprising, I heard that this plaza would be very crowded around 3 am with people enjoying the Diwali festival. And Amstelveen, as you all know, it’s a very international community and not only Indians will celebrate Diwali this day, but a lot of Amstelveners will, with a lot of different backgrounds and that’s what really defines the municipality of Amstelveen. That’s why I’m so proud that this event can be held for the 14th time in a row. So I think we should start very soon. I really hope you have a great day today, the weather is nice so I must end with two words: Diwali!! (Happy Diwali)!

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The host and hostess were Joy and Junayasha


‘Thank you very much! Ladies and gentlemen, As Acting Mayor and Alderman for Economic Affairs of the Municipality of Amstelveen, I am very proud to be here. It wouldn’t be a surprise, but I heard that from 3 am this square will be very crowded with people enjoying Diwali festival. And Amstelveen, as you all know, is a very international community and not only will Indians celebrate Diwali this day, but many Amstelveeners will do so from many different backgrounds and that’s what really defines Amstelveen municipality. So I’m very proud that we can actually hold this event for the 14th time in a row. So I think we should start very soon. I really hope you have a very nice day today, the weather is nice so I end with two words: Shubh Diwali!!! ‘(Happy Diwali)!
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The children’s choir plays a beautiful song but the editors don’t understand a word!

Ritika: Mayor we have something special for you, we want to bless you and can start the festivities with something sweet. Thank you for letting us once again visit Stadsplein and have a little token of appreciation, some flowers! Thank you very much! We wish everyone a very happy Diwali and we can start the programme. The two hosts of the day are Joy and Zhunaysha who accompanied the festival.

Mayor, we have something special for you, we want to bless you and start the party with something delicious. We would like to thank you for letting us go back to Stadsplein and have a little sign of appreciation, a bunch of flowers! Thank you! We wish everyone a very happy Diwali and we can start the programme. Today’s hosts are Joy and Zhunaysha, who accompanied the festival.

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Singing from India creates a special atmosphere at Stadsplein of Amstelveen

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These talented young dancers steal the hearts of all viewers

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The whole family approached the stage to take pictures of their children or a video clip with their smartphones

After all the official words, the party could finally begin and it was the first hour for the kids. There were many dance performances and it was lovely to watch the kids doing their best while the parents smiled proudly. At one point, she told MC Joy that Zhunaysha can dance well, so that’s it. The intention was to relax the people in the plaza and urged them to dance. Then the atmosphere was good and the following dancers could go up to the stage.

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These three dancers also enjoy their performance in front of hundreds of festival visitors

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A final public photo of Stadsplein Amstelveen as far as we’re concerned


As the day progressed, it got busier and all day until about 6pm, it was one big party. Hopefully all the stalls on either side of Town Square have prepared enough food, because seeing the delicious snacks is almost impossible to ignore. A large open covered tent is erected in the center of the square, where families can quietly eat their snacks while enjoying dances and singers on stage.

The editors of Amstelveenweb could not follow the festival any further, because there are other activities to be recorded. It was clearly a great party.

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The climbing frame in the square is also busy with many spectators watching the action on stage

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